Last week, Forbes announced its 2017 list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women. This year has been exceptionally difficult for women, but so many of these influential women have persevered and are an inspiration to us for the future. The top ten women this year, from 1-10, are: Angela Merkel, Germany; Theresa May, United Kingdom; Melinda Gates, United States; Sheryl Sandberg, United States; Mary Barra, United States; Susan Wojcicki, United States; Abigail Johnson, United States; Christine Lagarde, France; Ana Patricia Botín, Spain; and Ginni Rometty, United States. Of these top ten most powerful women, I want to make special note of the three that are in the category of technology; Sheryl Sandberg, Susan Wojcicki, and Ginni Rometty.
Sheryl Sandberg ranks as the 4th most powerful woman in the world this year. She currently is the Chief Operations Officer of Facebook and has been for the past nine years. In these nine years of being at Facebook, she has dramatically boosted their revenue. Prior to Facebook, she spent six years as Google’s Vice President, where she developed their online advertising. She founded a nonprofit to support women’s empowerment
6th on the list is Susan Wojcicki, the CEO of YouTube since February of 2014. She started as Google’s 16th employee back in 1999 as their first marketing manager, later climbing the ladder to head all of their marketing and commerce. In 2006, Susan advocated for Google’s acquisition of YouTube, allowing it to grow its worth to an estimated $90 billion.
Finally, we have Ginni Rometty, the CEO of IBM, making her appearance as 10th on the list. IBM had seen declining revenue for 21 consecutive quarters but this October, they saw their best earnings in almost nine years, thanks to CEO Rometty. In her time as CEO, she has been pushing for more cloud and analytics products to counteract the decline in demand for IBM’s traditional software products. In addition, IBM bought the digital parts of The Weather Company in 2015 which changed the way we forecast weather. The artificial intelligence IBM has implemented with its Watson-powered Weather Channel app was used during Hurricane Irma to reroute airplanes away from the storms.